Family house in Nio Chorio Apokoronas, Chania Crete- Greece
surface : 125sqm
1 storey house with πατάρι
architect and supervision of works : Zeta Chrysafaki
constructor : Axel Trillhaase
civil engineer : Eleftheria Tsakanika
construction time : June 2013- June 2014
The house is designed for a 4 member family. It is placed in the village of Nio Chorio in the
municipality of Apokoronas on a plot of 876spm. The climate in this area is characterized from
very warm summers with temperatures that reach 39 degrees Celsium and mild winters with
temperatures that rarely fall under 10 degrees Celsium, wind, rain and quite high humidity.
Bioclimatic principles have been applied for the basic plan of the house: big openings in the
south, small openings in the north, passive air circulation, good insulation of walls and roof.
Southern windows will be protected from the sun with outdoor pergolas covered with local plants
such as wineyards.
The foundations are made of beton. For the load-bearing struction it is used glue-laminated
timber of small dimentions (10 X 10, 5 X 10 etc) with metal joints. In Greece the static analysis
of any structure has to obey to the National Antiseismic Code, due to often earthquakes.
The material chosen for the construction of the walls had to fulfill following needs: had to be
economical and ecological, had to be easily worked from non expetised workers and self-
construction, had to be highly insulative, equillibrate high humidity and assure cool indoor
environment in the summer. The lightclay walls of 30 cm thickness and 500kg/m3 weight cover
these expectations and provide not only a good insulation but also a high thermal capacity,
which is very important for constructions in mediterranean climates. The walls were covered
inside with a clay-lime-sand plaster and outside with a limeplaster, traditionally used in cretan
Pavements have been covered with tiles and wood. The heating system used is a energetic fire-
The house is expected to be ready in July 2014. For its construction only bare hands and hand
machines were used.